Hopping channels, we got a few seconds of this: "Mediterranean", with Simon Reeve.
He's just been spending a bit of time with lads on the North African coast who are trying to get into Europe illegally. And here's what he says, now on board ship and looking over the Strait of Gibraltar at 17:30 minutes in:
"Across the Mediterranean, from Africa to Europe, from Morocco to Spain, it feels that under the watchful eye of those lads in the forest who look at these big ships carrying their hopes and their dreams across to southern Spain. And I just get to do it thanks to this (gets out his passport) little thing: my passport (chagrined grimace); an accident of birth."
Yes, indeed. It's hard not to feel sympathy with people who want a better life.
But if you're going to play on our emotions in this way, there should also be a cool head to go with that warm heart.
There are three options:
a.) Let anyone and everyone into Europe, anytime.
b.) Let nobody in, ever.
c.) Let some people in.
Since (a) and (b) are obviously lunatic, it must be (c). And if (c), then we need a system.
It really doesn't help the political discourse to have TV presenters and celebs indulge in obiter dicta without considering the implications of what they say.